Community Events

FESTIVAL OF THE COMMONS

Date: January 19, 2013

Time: 1:00 pm  to  10:00 pm

Activate Austin hosts a day of knowledge sharing and music, featuring Lisa Fithian, CommonSpark Collective, local folk band The Sparrowmakers, and singer songwriter, David Rovics.

Highlights of the day include “Deconstructing Empire, Building for the Long Haul’ with Lisa Fithian at 1 pm; “Decolonizing the Commons, The Rising of Collective Power” with Ellen Friedman, Megan Keith & Jim Casey of CommonSpark Collective at 4 pm; and dinner at 5:30 pm. Music begins at 7 pm with The Sparrowmakers, followed by David Rovics at 8 pm.

Full event tickets start at $25 (sliding scale) and concert only tickets start at $10.

Anyone interested in tabling, volunteering, sponsoring, or donating a raffle prize should contact activateaustin@riseup.net.

The Festival of the Commons is a benefit for CommonSpark Collective’s Commons Library Project and the Orun Center for Cultural Arts.  For more information, check online and at Facebook.

Location: Daytime events at Orun Center of Cultural Arts, 1720 East 12th St., Austin. Evening music at The Annex at 1808, 1808 East 12th St., Austin

 

“GATHERING STRENGTH: CONVERSATIONS WITH AFGHAN WOMEN”

Date: January 27, 2013

Time: 12:15 pm  to  2:00 pm

Peggy Kelsey, director of the Afghan Women’s Project, will discuss her book Gathering Strength: Conversations with Afghan Women. She created the project in 2002 after meeting with a delegation 14 Afghan women who came to Austin. She visited Afghanistan in 2003 and 2010 to photograph and interview women.

 

Location: St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, 14311 Wells Port Drive (exit off I-35, west on Wells Branch Parkway)

 

JAMES K. GALBRAITH ON “INEQUALITY AND INSTABILITY: WHAT’S AHEAD FOR THE WORLD ECONOMY”

Date: February 7, 2013

Time: 7:00 pm  to  9:00 pm

Economist James K. Galbraith,  one of the country’s leading analysts of the financial crisis, will speak on the link between the growing inequality and economic instability. Galbraith, a professor in the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas, will focus on the argument in his new book, Inequality and Instability: A Study of the World Economy Just before the Great Crisis, which demonstrates that increased inequality is a product of the rise of windfall profits in finance and the deregulation of markets. For an exploration of these ideas, watch Bill Moyers’ interview with Galbraith online.

Galbraith, a frequent commentator in the media and adviser to policymakers, is also the author of The Predator State: How Conservatives Abandoned the Free Market and Why Liberals Should Too and Created Unequal: The Crisis in American Pay. In addition to his teaching and research, Galbraith has served in several positions on the staff of the U.S. Congress, including Executive Director of the Joint Economic Committee.

At UT, Galbraith directs the Inequality Project.

A suggested donation of $10 (no one turned away for lack funds) will support the work of 5604 Manor. For more information, contact Robert Jensen, rjensen@austin.utexas.edu.

Location: 5604 Manor, 5604 Manor Road, Austin, 78723

 

WORKERS DEFENSE PROJECT AND CORPUS CHRISTI’S “FAITH IN ACTION NIGHT”

Date: February 7, 2013

Time: 7:00 pm  to  9:00 pm

The Workers Defense Project will partner with Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary’s student group, Corpus Christi, to discuss how the faith community can get more involved with efforts in support of workers and immigrants. Speakers will include faith leaders from the Austin community and worker members of Workers Defense Project.

Location: Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary, McCord Center, Stotts Hall, 100 East 27th Street  Austin 78705

http://www.thirdcoastactivist.org/background-on-issues/

 

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